Betting rings get active in Munugode bypoll

Thu Oct 06 2022 12:39:38 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

There is unusual interest in both the Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh in the outcome of Munugode byelections. Several MLAs and other local level leaders are making their own guess works and are getting surveys commissioned to understand the voters' pulse in Munugode. Wonder why so much interest in Godavari districts in an election that is happening in Telangana's Munugode?



You guessed it right. The politically inclined people and even other people are showing interest in hedging their bets on the winning horse in Munugode. An MLA has already got two surveys done. According to these surveys, soon after Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy resigned from the Congress, there was considerable edge for the TRS. But, within a week, Rajagopal Reddy has managed to bridge the gap.

Today, the odds appear to be in favour of Rajagopal Reddy, who is contesting on the BJP ticket. Not just that, the Congress has not only been pushed to the third position, but could even lose the security deposit. So, a lot of people from West and East Godavari districts have begun hedging their bets on the outcome of Munugode.

According to a survey taken up two months ago, the TRS had 51 per cent voter support, while the Congress had 19 per cent and the BJP 20 per cent.  But a week ago, things changed. TRS has 46 per cent, which means it has lost six percentage points. The BJP has climbed up to 43 per cent, which is up by 23 per cent. The Congress now has just about 10 per cent and this is likely to fall further. Thus, a photo-finish is likely as of today. However, the BJP graph is likely to go up further as the Congress votes slide down further.